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This one is a bit of a long shot, but cutting Trent Cole might be in the cards for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The veteran pass-rusher is on the wrong side of 30, and he is due to make $10 million in 2015 and $34.8 million altogether over the next four seasons. That is a big commitment for a guy who will be 32 in October and whose production has been subpar in recent years.
Philadelphia drafted outside linebacker Marcus Smith out of Louisville in the first round, perhaps signaling it is ready to move on at the position.
Of course, Cole could still be a valuable mentor for Smith, and cutting him would create $4.8 million in dead money. More importantly, despite totaling just 11 sacks over the past two seasons combined, Cole was the seventh-best 3-4 outside linebacker in the league, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Still, there would be a net savings of $1.8 million on this year's cap, and the Eagles wouldn't have to deal with creating dead space next season.
The likeliest scenario is that Cole will restructure his contract and take a pay cut. But the Eagles could simply cut bait if Cole is unwilling to redo his deal.